San Diego received a double-dose of ugly hospitality-related news today.
Plus, care to guess how much money airlines owe consumers?
Those were some of the travel-related headlines we found interesting and think you might, too.
San Diego’s legendary Comic-Con was canceled.
The last few weeks have been an unprecedented time. Since it is becoming apparent that COVID-19 restrictions will not be a short-term matter, we have made the sad decision to cancel Comic-Con for the first time in its 50-year history.
— San Diego Comic-Con (@Comic_Con) April 17, 2020
The impact will be huge on local lodging providers, restaurants, bars, rideshare drivers, and more. Vulture reports the event’s attendance has swelled to 135,000 people. That’s a lot of lost income.
In other San Diego news:
San Diego Airport Declares Local Emergency
The international airport serving America’s Finest City declared a local emergency — after a 96% plummet in passenger traffic. (LA Times link — subscription or registration possibly required depending on your browsing habits.)
Report: Airlines Owe Consumers $10 Billion
Expecting a refund because of a canceled flight — but wonder where the money is?
This might explain it:
U.S. airlines are estimated to be sitting on more than $10 billion in travel vouchers that should have been cash refunds from canceled flights, a group of senators released on Friday.
— David Shepardson, Tracy Rucinski
Read the post here — and check out the picture of parked Delta planes.
Jim Cramer: Flip Delta
Mad Money‘s Jim Cramer isn’t on board with Delta stock.
MIA Gets Big CARES Grant
We mentioned that Salt Lake City International is receiving just over $80 million in help from the government.
That’s chump change compared to what Miami got.
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